The Greek Foreign Ministry has denounced recent statements by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who angrily detested the legitimacy of the Cypriot flag that displays the whole island.
“Without shame they go to the EU meetings with a flag that depicts the whole island. You cannot have such a flag. You are the Greek Cypriot administration of Southern Cyprus. To the north is the Turkish republic. That’s rude. In any case, they will understand this”, Erdogan was quoted as saying.
The Spokesman of the Foreign Ministry, Stratos Efthimiou, said that Turkey attempting to make Cyprus the aggressor is “groundless”.
“Once again, the Turkish leadership is trying to equate the aggressor with the victim by making historically groundless and arbitrary arguments that attempt to erase Turkey’s responsibilities as an occupying power,” Efthimiou told Greek media.
Turkey continues to occupy the northern half of the island with over 30,000 soldiers since the Turkish invasion in 1974. The northern half of the island is recognized only by Turkey as an independent republic.